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For You and Everything Alive Inside of You
Richard Hugo House
Seattle, WA
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Please note, this event is at capacity, and at this time we are not accepting new RSVPs. Please contact with questions, and we hope to see you at an upcoming event in 2013!

An evening in celebration of poetry and readers

Hosted by Copper Canyon Press

Featuring: Holiday book sale! Poetry reading! Behind-the-scenes stories from the press! Silent auction! More!

           Who am I writing for?
           For you and everything alive inside of you.
                 -Vicente Aleixandre
                Translated from the Spanish by Lewis Hyde

The right poem makes us feel alive and, as Vicente Aleixandre suggests, written-for. On December 14th, join Copper Canyon Press and Richard Hugo House for a celebration of the gift that is given between the poem and the poetry reader. Meet author James Arthur, who will be reading from his debut book of poetry. Hear him describe the path his poems took from his feet to your ears, and listen to local poets and performers interpret great works by Copper Canyon poets including June Jordan, Hayden Carruth, and Dean Young. Allow us to introduce you to books of poetry you may not have heard of, or reintroduce you to poets you'd at one time rejected as not your type. Let us play matchmaker as you search for the poem that will light you up, or the collection that will make the perfect gift for the reader on your list. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Copper Canyon Press, the first 100 RSVPs will receive a complimentary book of poetry, and all guests will receive a special gift at the door.

About Copper Canyon Press:  We are a nonprofit publisher that believes that poetry is vital to language and living. Since 1972, the Press has published Copper Canyon has published over 400 titles, including works by Nobel Laureates Aleixandre, Pablo Neruda, Czeslaw Milosz, and Octavio Paz; Pulitzer Prize-winners W.S. Merwin, Theodore Roethke and Ted Kooser; National Book Award winners Lucille Clifton, Hayden Carruth, and Ruth Stone; and some many more including contemporary poets James Arthur, Ed Skoog, Lisa Olstein,and Brenda Shaughnessy.

About the event:

7-8PM Meet the press. Doors and bar open. Receive your special gift at the door, and join us and Copper Canyon Press poets for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Chat with Copper Canyon Press staff and friends, bid on poetry-related auction items, and browse our holiday book sale before the crowd arrives.

8-9PM Meet the poems. Copper Canyon author James Arthur will read excerpts from his new book, Charms Against Lightning. Local poets Ed Skoog, Matthew Dickman, and special guests including Amber Flame, Arlene Kim and Elissa Washuta will pay tribute to Copper Canyon authors past and present. After the reading, staff will play matchmaker, taking requests from those who seek a particular kind of poetry book; we'll pull just the right volume for your personal collection or for someone on your holiday list.

9-10PM Everything alive inside of you: Copper Canyon celebrates 40 dynamic years, and you help us kick-start our shared future in publishing. Stick around to talk with each other about what poetry means to you and how it betters your life. Describe the poem you wish someone would write. Sit and read a while. Fill up on hope. Get a book signed. Get a book gift-wrapped. Raise your glass to another good year in poetry.
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Richard Hugo House (View)
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

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